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Thu 1 May 2008, 5:30pm–7:00pm

Where: Lecture Theatre OGGB5, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland Central

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Emma Timewell

Making processes ‘green’, through simple, efficient and environmentally-friendly chemistry, is vital for the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. One of the fathers of green chemistry, Professor Richard Schrock, will be visiting New Zealand to share his ideas as a Hood Fellow.

Professor Schrock is a co-winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His discoveries will allow many of the materials encountered in everyday life to be made in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.

In this lecture, he will explain why chemical catalysis, the research field for which he won the Nobel Prize, is a key component of solutions to future problems concerned with energy and the environment. He will also discuss the origin of the Nobel Prizes, their significance to the broader community, and how and why someone might win a Nobel Prize in chemistry. Through these issues he will address some of the key questions often posed to scientists: what is scientific research all about, what motivates the scientists who undertake it, and why is it critically important to our future?

Richard R. Schrock is Frederick G. Keyes Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a position he has held since 1989. His research in inorganic chemistry has lead to many awards, and in 2005 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with R. H. Grubbs and Y. Chauvin. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He was Associate Editor of Organometallics for eight years, has published more than 460 research papers, and has supervised over 140 Ph.D students and postdocs.

Professor Schrock is a 2008 Hood Fellow, supported by the Lion Foundation.

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